Moose Jaw Wins National Municipal Award For Succession Planning Project

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May 11, 2021

(Issued by the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators)

Fredericton, NB (May 11, 2021) – The City of Moose Jaw, SK has received national recognition for its Succession Planning Project from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA).  The City was presented with the 2021 CAMA Professional Development Award, in the 20,001-100,000 population category, during a virtual Awards of Excellence Ceremony held today.

“CAMA is pleased to recognize the City of Moose Jaw for its succession planning project,” said Jake Rudolph, outgoing president of CAMA and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Nanaimo, BC.  “With so many employees in senior leadership positions approaching retirement, the City rose to the challenge to prepare their staff to take on those roles.”

The foundational priority for talent management is to establish consistent criteria for performance and promotion at the City. For this project, these criteria were called the Pillars of Leadership Excellence. The City also identified 12 “Critical Positions”, and the need to identify and recruit internal candidates as soon as possible.

Today, the City of Moose Jaw has 50 Career Owners enrolled in the succession planning program, mentored by 17 trained Career Coaches. Of the ten employees nominated for Critical Positions, two have advanced to those positions in the past three years.

The City of Moose Jaw has also stepped up to the plate to support Career Owners in their personal development plans, from one-off courses to workshops, online training, and furthering their post-secondary education by enrolling in programs such as the Master of Business Administration.

“There were 35 submissions from across the country entered into this year’s CAMA Awards of Excellence program,” said Marc Melanson, Chair for the 2021 CAMA Awards Jury, CAMA representative for New Brunswick and City Manager for the City of Dieppe, NB. “The scope of projects, from municipalities both large and small, was impressive and I extend my congratulations to the winners, as well as those who took the time to enter a submission.”

To find out more about the City of Moose Jaw’s award, as well as the other 2021 CAMA Awards of Excellence winners, visit and look for the award recipients link.

Below is the video played during the awards ceremony honouring the City of Moose Jaw.